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Meals-on-Wheels: “A Family Affair”

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Special to The Ellis County Press
ENNIS – "Meals-on-Wheels has been such a blessing to our family," said Adell Rejcek, one of the four daughters of Annie Martinek, a 100-year-old Meals-on-Wheels recipient.

She is just one of the 675 people Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis counties serve everyday and like many, Annie has had long life surrounded by many family and friends.

In a recent interview, Annie, and her daughter shared their story.

Annie, an Ennis native, has seen more in her lifetime, then most of us can imagine. Born in 1907 to two Czech immigrants, she has witnessed the invention of the telephone, cars, computers and sending a man into space.

Annie and her family have lived in the same area their entire lives. Annie worked hard raising her sevenchildren, and tending to the farm.

In addition, she is well-known for the wedding cakes she made for the many brides in Ennis. "Oh my, I think have made hundreds of cakes, and I even made my own!" Annie said, smiling.

Like many, Annie has had a busy life, raising her family and working hard, but now cannot get around as much as she used to. "Meals-on-Wheels has been great for me and my family. The meals are good, and it helps me be a little more independent," she added.

It is obvious the impact that Meals-on-Wheels has had on one person’s life, but it has helped Annie’s family better care for her. "We used to have to come and check on mom six to seven times during the day," said Adell. "Now, we still check on her, but don’t worry about what she is eating."

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties delivers noontime meals Monday through Friday in most of the communities served.

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